Dysphagia: Developing Resources and Services

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Do you or a member of your family suffer from swallowing difficulties (dysphagia)?

Dysphagia is the term used when a person has difficulty eating, drinking or swallowing. Dysphagia in adults is usually caused by another health condition, such as:

  • Conditions that affect the nervous system such as a stroke, head injury, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neuron Disease
  • Cancer – such as mouth cancer or oesophageal cancer
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – where stomach acid leaks back up into the oesophagus.

Project overview

The Public Health Agency is working in partnership with the Health and Social Care Trusts, professional organisations and the independent sector to develop services and resources which will positively impact the outcomes of adults with dysphagia in Northern Ireland. These plans include: ◦ Understanding the experience of living on dysphagia friendly foods. ◦ Developing eating and drinking (swallowing) care plans for use with adults with dysphagia across all care settings. ◦ Development of regional training proposal to support the learning needs of key groups of staff, families and carers working alongside adults with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The PHA are looking for a group of people across Northern Ireland who are willing to share their experiences and to work in partnership with them on the co-production and design of regional resources. You will be required to attend workshops and meetings to make sure you have input into what we create……..your voice matters!

Commitment required

Respond to information, Attend event e.g. interview, information event, focus group and Formal consultation


Details

Ongoing throughout the region. For more information on Dysphagia, please visit: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/conditions/swallowing-problems-dysphagia.

Region

Regional

Register your interest

If you would like more information or to sign up to the programme, please contact: alison.mccusker@hscni.net Or visit: https://patientclientcouncil.hscni.net/do-you-or-a-member-of-your-family-suffer-from-swallowing-difficulties-dysphagia/